Fisherman missing following Norfolkline collision

Fisherman missing following Norfolkline collision

Rescuers have resumed the search for a missing fisherman lost at sea following a collision with a Norfolkline ferry late yesterday.

A 14-metre long North Shields-based Homeland prawn boat collided with the Scottish Viking passenger ferry off the Berwickshire coast at 20:00 BST last night.

Pictured: Norfolkline operated Scottish Viking

One of the two man crew – who are believed to be brothers – was pulled to safety aboard another vessel. However, one fisherman – believed to be 16-years-of-age - remains missing.

The ferry, which was travelling between Rosyth and Zeebrugge, is operated by Dutch company Norfolkline, owned by DFDS Seaways.

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In a statement, DFDS Seaways said the ship was chartered by Norfolkline from Italian firm Visentini.

A company spokesman added: “We are deeply concerned about this and there will now follow an investigation by the authorities which we will fully assist with.

“We have also been talking to Visentini who will investigate fully.”

The ferry was delayed following the incident and is now expected into Zeebrugge at 14:30 BST.

The rescue operation was called off at about 22:50 BST last night.

It restarted at 04:30 BST, involving five lifeboats from Dunbar, Eyemouth St Abbs and Berwick, as well as 20 local fishing vessels.

A rescue helicopter is also assisting with the search.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has said it will investigate the collision.